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Things Fall Apart
Achebe, Chinua

Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart


Very good in like dust jacket. First issue brown cloth and green papered boards with 'McDowell Obolensky to spine and DJ spine and first issue dust jacket with $3.75 etc. DJ lightly rubbed, with minor edge-wear and somewhat sunned to spine. A very small residual tape mark to front pastedown with a patch of light toning where an article of ephemera has once resided - as pictured. Slight pressure mark to inner foot of the first few leaves. All as pictured.

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Detailed Information

Item No: B28491
Publication date: 1959
Published by: McDowell, Obolensky.
Published location: New York
Dimensions: 8vo. 8 1/2".
Cover: Hard with Dust Jacket
About this title:

 First American issue, preceded only by the British edition, published in 1958.

"In many respects 'Things Fall Apart' is the 'To Kill A Mockingbird' of African literature: accessible but stinging, its layers peeling over the course of multiple readings. 'Things Fall Apart,' its title taken from William Butler Yeats's poem 'The Second Coming,' has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into some 45 languages. Time magazine placed it on its list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. The novel tells the story of Okonkwo, a stoic clan leader and former wrestling hero who returns to his village after seven years in exile. (He'd been sent away after his role in an accidental death.) The changes that Christian missionaries and other white men have brought are intolerable to him. 'Things Fall Apart' rolls toward a bleak denouement" (New York Times). "Things Fall Apart may well be Africa's best loved novel… For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction" (Kwame Anthony Appiah). "Things Fall Apart by Professor Chinua Achebe, is one book that has captured the heart of most intellects and readers across the world. It is probably one of the books that will live forever going by the calibers of people in the world that testify to its originality… Achebe's wise and subtle story-telling cuts to the heart of these tribal people with humanity, warmth and humour" (Daily Independent).